Chandra Frank is a PhD candidate and independent curator. She holds an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cape Town and is currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London and guest lecturer at California State University in Los Angeles.

Chandra’s work is focused on the Black, Migrant and Refugee women’s movement in the Netherlands during the 1980s. She explores the role of archives, transnational queer kinship, the making of feminist genealogy and the politics of pleasure. Chandra has taught on feminism, queerness, and popular culture and given lectures about her work internationally.

Her short courses Bad Girls: Representations of Race and Gender in Popular Culture and Masters of Sex: Feminisms, Sexuality and the Media offer student, and practitioners in all fields of study, a different approach to learning and thinking in classrooms.

Chandra is committed to developing alternative ways of exhibition making. To this end, she has written various articles, given lectures and presented papers about curatorial practice, archives and the role of institutions. Chandra has written for, amongst others, Africa is A CountryDiscover Society and Warscapes.

In 2016, she was a Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of the Creative Arts (University of Cape Town). Previous exhibitions include Re(as)sisting Narratives at Framer Framed and the Homecoming Centre, District Six Museum, Fugitive Desires at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, and Proclamation 73 at Durban Art Gallery.

Chandra is available for talks, lectures, conferences, seminars, consultancy and exhibitions, and works in London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles. Email to get in touch: